Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Height: 20-60 cm (.65-2 ft)
Liatris cylindracea Michx.
Stem: unbranched green or purple tinged. In Indiana, the stems are hairless with variety only occurring south in Kentucky and Missouri whereupon the stems and leaves are sometimes hairy.
Flowers: in flower heads that are solitarily on a branch or few in a little spike like array. The flower heads can be stalked or stalkless
Leaves: are linear around 10-25 cm (4-10 in) in length. Closely alternate appearing whorled.
Sun: Full to part sun
Ideal conditions: Dry open to partially-shaded conditions.
SOURCES & FURTHER RESOURCES:
Midwest Herbaria - Liatris cylindracea
all photos by Nathanael Pilla
Comments: Unlike L. aspera, the bracts are sharp pointed. It is successful in savanna systems that experience some fire. It is unique in its shape relative to the other three native species of blazing star found in Northwest Indiana.
Etymology: The epithet "cylindracea" is derived from the Latin word which means, "cylindrical". It is unknown where its genus name, Liatris, derived from.